News Archive: 2015


University of Chicago Resident Externship at Peking Union Medical College Hospital

In October 2015, six residents from departments of Internal Medicine, Family Medicine and General Surgery of the University of Chicago were welcomed on Peking Union Medical College Hospital campus (PUMCH) to begin the two-week multi-disciplinary clinical externship.
November 3, 2015


Center in Beijing Issues Call for Proposals for 2016-2017

To: University of Chicago Faculty and Research Staff

From: Dali Yang, Faculty Director of the Center in Beijing

Date: October 12, 2015
October 22, 2015

2015 Chicago Harris Info Session Center in Beijing

Please join us at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing for an informational evening about the Chicago Harris School and a chance to meet and greet Harris alumni and staff members.

Thursday, October 22 | 6–8 p.m.

Venue: University of Chicago Center in Beijing
October 12, 2015

2015 Civilization Students Visit the Great Wall

On October 11, 2015, the Civilization Students visited the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. After a group lunch with language partners, the students spent the day strolling around the wall and taking in the view. The Mutianyu Section, located northeast of central Beijing, is one of the walls best-preserved segments and attracts a large number of tourists each year.
October 3, 2015


Professor Guy Alitto Accepts Chinese Literary Award

On August 25th, the Ninth China National Book Awards for Exceptional Contributions was held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Professor Guy Alitto from the University of Chicago was among the twenty scholars honored at the ceremony. Each year, award recipients include writers, translators, and publishers who have made a significant contribution in furthering cultural exchange. Vice Premier Liu Yandong attended the ceremony on behalf of the Chinese Government. Madame Liu handed out awards and  personally congratulated award recipients.
August 28, 2015

Robert Pape Speaks with Fellow Academics at the PLA Academy of Military Sciences

Following the successful completion of University of Chicago-Peking University 2015 Summer Institute on International Relations Theory and Methods, Professor Robert Pape and his colleagues from the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin and George Institute of Technology were invited to a conversation with their counterparts at the PLA Academy of Military Sciences on August 7, 2015. They were able to engage in a singular discussion of issues of international importance. Topics of discussion included security issues in the South China Sea and Korean Peninsula, as well as future prospects for U.S. and Chinese cooperation on security issues. This is the fourth time that the PLA Academy of Military Sciences has hosted such a discussion with scholars, and all involved came away with a greater respect for the points of view across the table.
August 14, 2015

2015 Summer Chinese Language Program

This year, 19 students participated in the intensive Chicago in Beijing Summer Chinese Language Program held at the UChicago Center in Beijing.  Youqin WANG, Director of the University of Chicago’s Chinese Language Program and Senior Lecturer in Chinese, and Fangpei CAI, Senior Lecturer in Chinese, returned to lead the Graham School organized program for its fifth year at the Center. The students spent eight weeks in Beijing attending language lectures and going on weekly excursions in and around Beijing.
August 12, 2015


Lars Peter Hansen Gives Keynote Speech at Financial Innovation Summit

On July 19, the Summit on Promoting China’s “One Belt, One Road” Initiative through Financial Innovation was held in Beijing at the China National Convention Center. The event - co-sponsored by the China Development Press and the Xinhua News Agency New Media Center - focused on the “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR) development initiative. The initiative will link China with surrounding countries, primarily in Europe, Asia, and Africa, through infrastructure and trade development. Many experts at the summit focused on topics related to how best to serve the economy through financial innovation under the OBOR. The keynote speech was given by Lars Peter Hansen, Nobel Laureate and Professor in Economics at the University of Chicago.
July 28, 2015

Metcalf Interns visit Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province

For the summer of 2015, seven undergraduate students and one recent graduate started public policy research Metcalf Internships at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing. Focusing on issues of environmental governance, they work under the leadership of Professor Dali Yang (Department of Political Science), Faculty Director of the Center in Beijing.
On the weekend of July 25-26, the intern team visited Zhangjiakou, a prefecture-level city in Hebei province. The city is about 200km (123 miles) northwest of Beijing.
July 26, 2015

2015 Summer Language Students Visit the Lama Temple

On July 18, 2015, the Summer Chinese Language students, along with a few public policy interns and new UChicago graduates, had the opportunity to visit several historical sites. Their day started with a tour of Beijing’s premier Lama Temple and ended with a visit to the historical Confucius Temple and the nearby Imperial College (Guozijian).
July 21, 2015

Metcalf Interns Visit Shougang Group Headquarters

For the summer of 2015, seven undergraduate students and one recent graduate began a public policy research Metcalf Internships at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing, with a focus on environmental governance. On July 14, as part of their field research, the team visited the headquarters of Beijing-based Shougang Group, one of China’s leading steel firms. Although still headquartered in Beijing, the firm ended all industrial operations in the city at the end of 2010 due to concerns over pollution. The visit thus offered insight into China’s environmental turn.
July 15, 2015

2015 Social Sciences Program Students Explore China’s Past, Present, and Politics

The fifth annual Spring Social Sciences in Beijing Study Abroad program brought 8 UChicago undergraduates to the Center to study 20th-century and contemporary China. After an orientation weekend that included a trip to the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park, the students began their quarter with a three-week intensive course taught by Center in Beijing Faculty Director Dali Yang (Department of Political Science), entitled “Politics and Public Policy in China.” The Social Sciences program is characterized by unique weekly excursions, which kicked off this year when Professor Yang brought the students on an early-morning visit to Mao’s Mausoleum in Tiananmen Square, and then moved on to the National Museum of China and the Beijing City Planning Exhibition Hall. On a subsequent excursion day, Professor Yang took the students to speak with officials from the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the China Centers for Disease Control.
July 9, 2015

UChicago President Zimmer meets with Liu Yandong at US-China University Presidents’ Roundtable

University of Chicago president Robert J. Zimmer traveled to Rice University in Houston, Texas last week to participate in the second US-China University Presidents’ Roundtable, where he had a chance to meet with Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong.
July 1, 2015


Chicago chosen as home of Obama Presidential Center


The Barack Obama Foundation has announced that Chicago will be the home of the Barack Obama Presidential Center, and the University of Chicago is excited to collaborate with the Foundation on this transformative effort.
May 13, 2015


Summer Science Research Internships (Search Closed)

The University of Chicago Center in Beijing and the Office of Career Advancement will sponsor a research internship program in chemical biology and biochemistry for one or two students. Under the direction of Chuan He, Professor of Chemistry and the College at the University of Chicago, the interns will work in selected laboratories at Peking University. Professor He, who holds appointments at both the University of Chicago and Peking University, is the Director of the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics at the University of Chicago and Director of the Synthetic and Functional Biomolecules Center at Peking University. His research is at the interface between life sciences and chemistry, focusing on reversible nucleic acid modifications that impact gene expression.

Specific areas of research may include epigenetics, nucleic acid chemistry and biology, protein engineering, proteomics, systems biology, and computational biology.

Each student will receive a $5,000 scholarship for the 10-week research project.
February 16, 2015

Summer 2015 Chinese Language Program

The Chicago in Beijing summer Chinese language program offers qualified undergraduate students the opportunity to study Chinese language in a completely Chinese-speaking environment. The program is fashioned on the language “immersion” principle in which students receive daily Chinese language instruction at the University of Chicago Center in Beijing and live in dorms on the campus of Renmin University of China. Beijing, a modern city with a three thousand-year history and a lively art and music scene, is a compelling venue for cultural and linguistic immersion. The program is offered by the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and administered by the University’s Summer Session through the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.

The program’s duration is eight weeks, beginning on June 15 and ending on August 7, 2015. The program fee of $5,700 includes tuition and accommodations in a student dormitory.
February 1, 2015